New Ways to "Empower"

The word "empower" is like one of those trigger words that make the us think of nonprofit organizations. We created a fun list of synonyms to replace empower: 

  • At the table
  • Build power
  • Finding voice
  • Confident 
  • Working with/alongside
  • Equip
  • Advocate for oneself
  • Enable
  • Kick-start
  • Drive
  • Activate
  • Amplify
  • Recognize
  • Celebrate
  • Provide a platform
  • Strengthen
  • Fuel the fire

What action words do you use at your nonprofit? Comment them below!

Mx to Your Database

Back in 2017, Merriam-Webster added a gender-neutral honorific word. The word is 'Mx' - pronounced "Mix." Mx is used for those who do not wish to be identified by gender. It's now in the Unabridged version of Merriam-Webster. 


Has your organization added this new honorific into respective databases? Many nonprofit organizations are receiving great feedback. Databases like Salesforce are already in the know and have added it when requested to all mechanisms of their programs. 

10 Questions to Highlight Volunteers

Volunteers are a core part of every nonprofit organization. Sometimes they are the people running the programming. It is important to share their stories to help push forward our mission and visions. If you have an organization newsletter (either print or digital), social media platforms, or recognition events, here are a ten fun questions you can ask to highlight them:

  1. How would you describe our nonprofit to someone new? 
  2. What inspires you to be involved with us? 
  3. What is your "why" for volunteering? 
  4. If you were a superhero, what would you be and why? 
  5. What is a memorable moment about your work with us?
  6. What is something you have learned while volunteering with us that has helped you in your life? 
  7. What values and/or lessons would you pass along to someone? 
  8. What has surprised you the most about volunteering with us? 
  9. When you are not volunteering, what are some of your hobbies or commitments? 
  10. What do you do to avoid burnout? 

Share your best questions to ask when highlighting volunteers in the comments below! 

Highlight: RAWW


RAWW (Real Authentic Women Wellness) is an educational social network that promotes the comprehensive wellbeing of women. Their mission is to enhance a women's mental, physical, sexual and spiritual health as well as encourage self fulfillment. 

Meet Diana Ramirez Diaz

Diana R. Diaz, Founder and Executive Director, recently sat down with me to talk more about the launch of RAWW and RAWWTalks, her speaker series which she hopes to take all over California. The goal? Cultivate a new kind of woman.

Be a part of the RAWWTribe

On Thursday, October 12, we are bringing Diana back for a Facebook Live segment! The RAWWTribe will be talking about happiness boards starting at 6:30PM. This event will be hosted via their Facebook Group (click here to join), but limited spots are available to attend in person at COMMON SPACE. YouTuber Amanda Allison will be a special guest!

Highlight: Project Survival's Cat Haven

An incredible thing happening in Dunlap, CA!

COMMON SPACE recently connected with Project Survival's Cat Haven on Instagram - @pscathaven if you're interested in taking your love of cats to another level - and WOW! 

Project Survival's Cat Haven is dedicated to the preservation of wild cats. Their innovative park, located 3,000 above sea level, educates the public in captive and range country conservation of cats in their native habitat. Cat Haven says they do not call themselves a sanctuary. They do, however, provide excellent homes to all cats in the wild.

A founders story

Founder Dale Anderson opened Cat Haven in 1998. It was from a childhood memory in the seventh grade that he met Sam, a mountain lion, that visited his school. As a pilot for the United Express, he always remembered Sam. He would visit zoos all around the world and wanted an exotic cat as a pet. Dale realized that it would be better to get involved with a cat conservation project. 

Upcoming Event

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National Philanthropy Day Central Valley


Celebrate a local philanthropist 

Each year National Philanthropy Day is celebrated at award ceremonies across the country by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). Join the Central Valley National Philanthropy Day and celebrate a local philanthropic hero. 


Nominate a deserving person, business or foundation for one of the eight distinguished awards:

  • Outstanding Philanthropist 
  • Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Organization, Corporation
  • Outstanding Philanthropic Organization, Foundation
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 5-17
  • Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy, Ages 18-23
  • Outstanding Fundraising Professional
  • Distinguished Achievement Special Award for Excellence in Fundraising

Deadline for all nominations is Friday, September 15, 2017. All nominations will be reviewed and winners are selected by a committee of peers. Honorees will receive their award at Pardini's Banquet Facility on Thursday, November 9, 2017.

Questions? Contact Amy Millis, National Philanthropy Day Chair, at 310-919-7904 or email